Taking Steps to Strengthen Your Bones

Posted on June 14th, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

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Your bones are the support system for your body – literally. They keep us standing upright, allow us to move, and defend our organs against injury. Shouldn’t we do everything we can to protect them like they protect us?

Bone health is a problem for many Americans, especially seniors. 1 out of every 4 women, and 1 out of every 8 men 50 years or older suffer from osteoporosis – a medical condition that causes bones to become brittle and fragile.

Fortunately, osteoporosis is preventable. Want to know the best step you can take to achieve healthy bones? It’s simple – take more steps.

It’s true, engaging physical activity is a great way to improve the health of your bones, as well as your overall health. While strength training is a good form of exercise, weight-bearing activities are actually best for building stronger bones.

What constitutes as a weight-bearing exercise? Anything you do on your feet that makes you work against gravity. Examples include:

  • Walking

  • Hiking

  • Jogging

  • Dancing

  • Stair Climbing

For best results, aim for 150 minutes of weight-bearing activity per week. It could be three sessions of 50 minutes, or five sessions of 30 minutes – whatever fits your schedule best. Avoid injury by starting with low-impact exercises (such as walking) before moving to more rigorous activities.

If you suffer from osteoporosis, or any other bone-related ailments, the medical experts at OSG can get you on the road to recovery. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, don’t put your health in anyone else’s hands. Visit our website to learn more, or call us today at (203) 337-2600 to schedule an appointment.